With its sparkling turquoise waters and pristine beaches, Tiffany Dowd discovers laidback luxury in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Iknow I am on final approach to Providenciales when I hear the “oohs” and “ahhs” of fellow passengers pressed up against the windows. As a frequent visitor to the Turks and Caicos Islands, I too let out a self-indulgent sigh each time I catch a glimpse of the translucent turquoise waters surrounding this island paradise. Even the clouds seem to reflect these beautiful shades of blue, and it always takes my breath away.
The British Overseas Territory of Turks and Caicos is a chain of 40 pristine islands just south of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, 885 kilometres southeast of Miami. Only eight of these islands are inhabited, with ‘Provo’ being the favorite destination for sun-seekers and beach-lovers.
The island’s famous powdery Grace Bay Beach, which spans 19 kilometres, is like no other. It is easily one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the world where days begin with long strolls by the sea and end with brilliant sunsets dipping below the horizon.
Heaven sent I’m staying at The Palms Turks and Caicos, set in the heart of Grace Bay, a refreshing retreat with its white-washed coral stone architecture and openair courtyard lined with palms trees gently swaying in the breeze. With only 72 rooms and suites, each decorated in Caribbean tropical décor, the views of the beach and turquoise sea give new meaning to the term ‘picture window’.
I start my day with morning yoga followed by a light breakfast in the tranquil garden, wondering if I should continue my unstructured day by the serpentine pool with its swim-up bar or under a hatch-shell cabana at the beach. One thing I do know is that afternoon naps on my balcony lounge bed will become my daily ritual.